Nicole trusted Wyatt with her heart once. She won’t make the same mistake twice. A broken-down car destroys Nicole DeMonde’s plan to be cool and self-sufficient when she returns to her hometown for her brother’s wedding. The cop who comes to her rescue is none other than local hottie Wyatt Truman, who slept with her then dumped her when they were teens. She has no choice but to accept his help. However, she knows better than to trust him with her heart twice. Wyatt is determined to earn Nicole’s forgiveness and make amends for his callous past. Once he lays eyes on her, he can’t help wanting more than forgiveness. In fact, his intentions are starting to bear a suspicious resemblance to the forever variety. If she can’t avoid Wyatt, a one-night stand might be just the thing Nicole needs to work him out of her system. Or will her recovery plan destroy her heart once and for all?
My Rating: 3/5 stars
**CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOOK #1, THE BAD BOY’S GIFT**
Like her brother, Zane, Nicole DeMonde never intended to return to Regret Hollow. Then her damn brother had to go and make peace with his past and ask Julianne Truman to marry him. To top it all off, Zane also made peace with their father and Julianne’s brother. Neither of those two people are individual’s Nichole has any interest in interacting with. In fact, those two are the primary reasons Nichole left Regret Hollow in the first place.
Wyatt Truman – yeah, he’s Julianne’s twin – has spent more than a decade regretting his treatment of Nichole DeMonde. In their late teens, Nichole had a massive crush on Wyatt but once he took her virginity, he walked away and never looked back. Or so he let Nichole think. Knowing Nichole is coming into to town and is a part of the wedding party like he is, Wyatt is going to take the opportunity to deliver his very well-planned apology. Wyatt is truly sorry for his treatment of Nichole all those years ago and he just wants her to know he didn’t mean to be such an ass.
Within minutes of getting into town, Nichole’s rental car breaks down just a block from her dad’s house and the local law, who just happens to be Wyatt stops to give her a ride. Seriously?? Could her day get any worse? Yeah, it’s a book, the day always gets worse and for Nichole it gets worse when her bed and breakfast isn’t ready for her to check in. What choice does she have but to go home with Wyatt? Wyatt, who has gotten inexplicably hotter over the years and is seemingly quite keen on being close to her. Nichole’s stupid hormones kick in quickly and she hatches a plan to get a little lovin’ off Wyatt and then walk out on him just like he did to her all those years ago.
The Bottom Line: Round two of the Bad Boys of Regret Hollow series isn’t quite as good as round one and that has everything to do with one character, Nichole. Though I get why Nichole is angry at both Wyatt and her father (and she has a right to be) she doesn’t need to be such a heinous bitch to them especially when each is trying to make amends. Nichole really is angry and hateful and that’s OK in the beginning but it really goes on a bit too long for a read of this length. Additionally, her half-baked love ‘em and leave ‘em plan is just ridiculous and makes her look like a total and complete tramp. The saving grace of this read is Wyatt Truman. Wyatt’s actions when he was a kid were certainly wrong but he has dedicated his life to doing right and being a good man. He sees right through Nichole’s dumbass plan and simply stands aside until she comes to her senses. Furthermore, Wyatt paves the way for Nichole and her father to reunite. In all, Wyatt is all kinds of good and really balances out the awful that is Nichole. With two books remaining in the series, Nichole certainly isn’t enough to scare me off and I’m all in through the end 🙂
Excerpt from The Bad Boy’s Guilt (Book #2: The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow Series):
“Stay in the truck. I’ll run in and grab your things,” he said, as he pulled into his driveway.
“Aren’t you going to invite me in for coffee?”
“No.” Fortunately, she didn’t know how much he wanted to invite her in. He had two nights and one day to get through. He’d protect her and send her away again. At the very least, she deserved that much.
“We could skip the coffee part.” She batted her eyelashes and laughed.
The laugh sucker-punched him. “I’m not going to make a move on you.”
Tomorrow, they’d be in-laws of a sort. He wouldn’t do anything to upset his sister on her wedding day. Having Zane beat the hell out of him for the things he’d do with Nicole if she walked inside his house again would definitely upset Julianne.
“Lucky for you, I’m looking forward to being the one who initiates all the moves.” She trailed her fingernails along his arm.
“I’m trying to make up for the past, not repeat it. Stay here.” He ran into the house and closed himself inside. Leaning against the door, he sucked in a deep breath. He never thought twice about doing the right thing on a daily basis, but, with Nicole, it took all his willpower.
Once calmness and control settled over him, he returned to the truck and stowed her luggage. As he resettled behind the wheel, she adjusted something on the rearview mirror.
“What are you doing?” he asked.
“Giving you a souvenir.” She shot him a smug look.
The glow of the outside lights revealed a silhouette of pale lacy fabric hanging from the mirror. He nearly choked on his tongue. “You took off your underwear?”
About the author and where to find her:
Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance, from sweet to steamy and everything in between. She grew up in a small town and was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels. She has no regrets about turning her back on her accounting degree to write romance, but she deeply regrets her inability to keep track of her car keys. Find out more about Sara: Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest